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Placeholder team wins 2020 Draft Lottery, Sens will pick 3rd and 5th

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The winner of the 2020 Draft Lottery has yet to be determined.

One of the placeholder teams participating in the best-of-five qualifying round of the expanded 24-team playoff format will make the first overall selection at the 2020 NHL Draft.

Here's a look at the complete draft order from picks one through eight:

Pick Team
1 Placeholder team
2 Los Angeles Kings
3 Ottawa Senators
4 Detroit Red Wings
5 Ottawa Senators
6 Anaheim Ducks
7 New Jersey Devils
8 Buffalo Sabres

With a placeholder team winning the top selection, a second lottery will be conducted at some point between the end of the qualifiers and the first round of the 16-team playoffs to determine the final draft order. The eight teams eliminated from the play-in round will each get a 12.5% chance of securing the top pick in the second phase of the lottery.

"Team E" of the placeholder clubs won the top spot with odds of just 2.5%, which belongs to the 12-seed in lottery percentages, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

If the play-in round cannot be completed, the remaining bottom eight teams will get a one-in-eight shot at the top selection, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

The Ottawa Senators, who owned a combined 25% chance of landing the first overall selection between their two picks, will pick third and fifth. The Detroit Red Wings fell to No. 4 after holding an 18.5% chance of nabbing the top selection.

The Los Angeles Kings will select second for the first time since 2008, when they drafted blue-chip defenseman Drew Doughty.

Alexis Lafreniere - an electrifying winger from the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL - is expected to be selected with the top pick. The 18-year-old tallied 35 goals while leading the league with 112 points in 52 games. His 2.15 point-per-game rate was the CHL's best since Connor McDavid scored at a 2.50 pace with the Erie Otters in 2014-15.

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